[uncountable]the feeling of wanting to be in the same situation as somebody else; the feeling of wanting something that somebody else hassynonymjealousy(1)envy (of somebody)He couldn't conceal his envy of me.envy (at/of something)She felt a pang of envy at the thought of his success.They looked with envy at her latest purchase.Her colleagues were green with envy(= they had very strong feelings of envy).
Word OriginMiddle English (also in the sense ‘hostility, enmity’): from Old Frenchenvie (noun), envier (verb), from Latininvidia, from invidere
‘regard maliciously, grudge’
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.Extra examplesHer car was an object of envy among her friends.Her car was an object of envy in the neighbourhood.Her youth and looks aroused extreme envy in her rivals.I detected a tinge of envy in her tone.I felt a twinge of envy for the people who lived there.I had no envy of his success.I look with envy on those lucky people with big families.I was filled with envy at their adventurous lifestyle.the Freudian concept of penis envythe envy she felt for her sisterHer colleagues were green with envy.Idioms